This article is part of the mini-series 7 Joints in 7 Days: A video mini-course to help you knock out joint stiffness in less than 10 minutes a day.
Do you deal with a stiff knee – or both knees? Stretching may help, but stretches designed for muscles instead of the underlying joint might not hit the right spots.
Knee stiffness is common in athletes across the spectrum, from runners to team sport players. Stiffness is also common in people in physically-demanding jobs, military service members, and workers who have made a role change from active to sedentary work, such as to more computer or desk time.
Stiffness may also be familiar to people who have been diagnosed with patellofemoral syndrome, or arthritis of the knee. Stiffness often develops in the months or years following a sudden accident such as a slip, trip, or fall.
If you’ve tried other flexibility exercises without luck, giving some attention to your knee joint may do the trick. Joint mobility exercises lubricate and increase blood flow, and can help you alleviate stiffness in under 10 minutes a day.
Check out the video below from our 7 Joints in 7 Days video mini-course. Try the Knee Sliders/Tailgaters exercise daily for at least ten days and see if you notice less stiffness.
If the exercises cause pain, or if your stiffness seemed related in time with other symptoms such as fever or illness, seek the advice of a qualified healthcare professional.
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